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Mar 17, 2011 4:30am EDT
for joining us, i'm betty nguyen. the united states will begin evacuating americans out of japan amid growing concern over the nuclear plant crisis. here's the latest. japanese military helicopters have begun dumping water on the crippled power plant to try to cool overheated nuclear fuel. engineers are trying to install a new power line so they can restore power to the plant's cooling system. a top u.s. nuclear official says he believes radiation levels at the plant are extremely high, and will soon be deadly. the obama administration has urged the evacuation of all americans from a 50-mile radius of the fukushima daiichi plant. now, charter planes will be brought in to help those wanting to leave the country. charlie d'agata is in yoshida, japan, with more on this. good morning, charlie. tell us the latest where you are. >> good morning to you, betty. well, you may be wondering where i am. we've been trying to make our way to the quake zone. the japanese military has taken over all the highways. obviously we're trying to steer clear of the nuclear power plant. we had to cut through the moun
Mar 16, 2011 7:00pm EDT
on the job. japan has raised the maximum radiation dose allowed for nuclear workers so they can deal with the crisis, but the head of the u.s. nuclear regulatory commission told congress today the doses those workers could be exposed to are potentially lethal in a short period of time. it's nearly six days now since the earthquake and tsunami killed at least 4300 people and damaged the nuclear reactors. today, u.s. officials told americans within 50 miles of the plant to evacuate the area or stay indoors. that is two and a half times as wide as the danger zone established by the japanese. harry smith begins tonight's coverage of the disaster in japan. >> reporter: in a sign of how grave japan's crisis has become, the emperor, akihito, made an unprecedented television address, acknowledging that he is deeply worried, urging his subjects not to give up. it did little to calm a country increasingly distrustful, given the wave of conflicting reports and mixed messages. >> ( translated ): there is both positive and negative news. i don't know which i should believe. >> reporter: and toda
Mar 16, 2011 12:00pm EDT
>>> unrest. concerns are mounting about japan's nuclear crisis. >> why several nations are preparing for radio active fallout. >> the situation in japan continues to worsen as cruise try to reverse what happened. wjz has complete coverage for you. mike hellgren with how maryland is taking a closer look at the nuclear facilities here and near by first, randall pinkston with more on the situation in japan. >> reporter: japanese military helicopters carrying water buckets hovered over the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant. the problems are not simple enough to be fixed by water dumbs. another fire and high radiation levels temporarily forced crews to leach wednesday morning but they were ordered to return several hours later. about 50 workers have been trying to cool fuel rods. earlier in the day white smoke could be seen rising. thousands of worried residents are fleeing. many are frustrated over the lack of information. >> it's very traumatic. >> reporter: the united nations and the u.s. government have both spent teams to japan to deal with the nuclear crisis. more than 9
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